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Waterworld director Kevin Reynolds to helm Gladiator-style Jesus Christ movie, Resurrection

09.30.2013

Kevin Reynolds is best known for directing the epic disaster WATERWORLD starring Kevin Costner which sent him into filmmaking purgatory for quite some time. It was not until last year's History mini-series HATFIELDS & MCCOYS, also starring Costner, that he started getting some more projects. The next film the veteran director is attaching himself to is a religious drama that takes a different look at the story of Jesus Christ than we have seen before.

The project is titled RESURRECTION and the producers are describing it as a New Testament tale in the same style as Ridley Scott's GLADIATOR. Now, GLADIATOR did take place during the Roman Empire and I can see how that visual style may work for another film, but they aren't planning an action version of the Bible, are they? Here is the description for RESURRECTION so you can judge for yourselves:

RESURRECTION is told through the eyes of an agnostic Roman Centurion charged by Pontius Pilate to investigate rumors of a risen Jewish Messiah and to locate Christís missing body in order to subdue an imminent uprising in Jerusalem. Along Centurionís mission, his doubts of such a supernatural occurrence peel away as he encounters the Apostles and other historic Biblical characters and reviews the events following the Resurrection.

A Roman centurion interviewing a bunch of people about some guy named Jesus? That sounds more like CITIZEN KANE than GLADIATOR. While I won't knock it until I see it, RESURRECTION sounds like it could be an interesting addition to the slate of religious films coming in the next few years including Darren Aronofsky's NOAH and Ridley Scott's EXODUS. RESURRECTION is aiming for an Easter 2015 release, so stay tuned for potential casting announcements.

Extra Tidbit: I would rather see Nick Cave's GLADIATOR 2 script, CHRIST KILLER, get made. Read the screenplay here.
Source: Deadline

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2:52AM on 10/03/2013
A movie about a magical man who died and returned from death, yet his body was never found? I always knew Gandalf was code for Jesus!
A movie about a magical man who died and returned from death, yet his body was never found? I always knew Gandalf was code for Jesus!
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11:28PM on 10/01/2013

Waterworld...

IDK why everybody hates on that movie, yes it was the most expensive movie made, and it failed so much. But it's very enjoyable and fun, yes the plot is beyond stupid, the acting is what to expected but come on what do you really expect.
IDK why everybody hates on that movie, yes it was the most expensive movie made, and it failed so much. But it's very enjoyable and fun, yes the plot is beyond stupid, the acting is what to expected but come on what do you really expect.
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8:00AM on 10/01/2013
I hope he finds the corpse and then stabs it a number of times and decapitates it to make sure it's dead.
I hope he finds the corpse and then stabs it a number of times and decapitates it to make sure it's dead.
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1:20AM on 10/01/2013
id watch a action movie with jesus is that wrong lol
id watch a action movie with jesus is that wrong lol
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2:17AM on 10/01/2013
There exists this SNL spoof: [link]
There exists this SNL spoof: [link]
8:41PM on 09/30/2013

Sounds Familar

There was a movie from the late '90's which had an envoy from Rome investigating the rumors of Jesus's resurrection. It was a short run movie which I watched on HBO.
There was a movie from the late '90's which had an envoy from Rome investigating the rumors of Jesus's resurrection. It was a short run movie which I watched on HBO.
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8:28PM on 09/30/2013

I dug Waterworld!

I'm down with it as long as they don't add things to the bible text that are not there. It could be cool.
I'm down with it as long as they don't add things to the bible text that are not there. It could be cool.
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7:31PM on 09/30/2013
Re extra tidbit: that script apparently ends with an immortal Maximus finding a job at the Pentagon, which I think is hilarious.

A film about Jesus as told through the eyes of a Roman Centurion definitely has potential. From the point of view of Jesus, His disciples and the Hebrews at large, the Romans were pretty much "bad guys", yet there are many moments in the Gospel when He reaches out to them. Upon His arrest, when Peter cuts the ear off a Roman soldier, Jesus heals him. I think one
Re extra tidbit: that script apparently ends with an immortal Maximus finding a job at the Pentagon, which I think is hilarious.

A film about Jesus as told through the eyes of a Roman Centurion definitely has potential. From the point of view of Jesus, His disciples and the Hebrews at large, the Romans were pretty much "bad guys", yet there are many moments in the Gospel when He reaches out to them. Upon His arrest, when Peter cuts the ear off a Roman soldier, Jesus heals him. I think one of the things that really worked for Ben Hur was that it wasn't a Biblical movie per se, but it was set against that backdrop so it did feel fresh at a time when a lot of filmmakers were making epic Bible story movies.
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6:32PM on 09/30/2013
Jesus....what's with all these Biblical pics coming out soon?
Jesus....what's with all these Biblical pics coming out soon?
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4:40PM on 09/30/2013

We can all agree that the Prince of Peace

needed to be more like Gladiator.
But then how the hell is this like Gladiator?
needed to be more like Gladiator.
But then how the hell is this like Gladiator?
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4:22PM on 09/30/2013
Passion of the Christ 2! CRUCIFY THIS!!
Passion of the Christ 2! CRUCIFY THIS!!
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4:08PM on 09/30/2013
The description is better than the headline. I was wondering how they could do that. Like throw Jesus in the arena all jacked up beating people into submission & making them accept Christianity? That I didn't buy, but from what I read it sounds interesting.
The description is better than the headline. I was wondering how they could do that. Like throw Jesus in the arena all jacked up beating people into submission & making them accept Christianity? That I didn't buy, but from what I read it sounds interesting.
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4:07PM on 09/30/2013
Did you purposely forgot to mention he's mostly known to have directed, the very loved and successful
ROBIN HOOD, PRINCE OF THIEVES ?
Did you purposely forgot to mention he's mostly known to have directed, the very loved and successful
ROBIN HOOD, PRINCE OF THIEVES ?
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4:01PM on 09/30/2013
Waterworld gets way too much shit. It's one of those films that is known for being horrible, but actually isn't.
Waterworld gets way too much shit. It's one of those films that is known for being horrible, but actually isn't.
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4:05PM on 09/30/2013
Totally agree...
Totally agree...
8:30PM on 09/30/2013
I totally agree! WAY UNDERATED MOVIE!
I totally agree! WAY UNDERATED MOVIE!
3:50PM on 09/30/2013
Jesus throwing the glaive from Krull in south park was the first thing that popped into my head after that headline read
Jesus throwing the glaive from Krull in south park was the first thing that popped into my head after that headline read
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3:49PM on 09/30/2013
Reynolds also directed the (comparatively) recent, and very underrated 'Tristan & Isolde'.
Reynolds also directed the (comparatively) recent, and very underrated 'Tristan & Isolde'.
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3:49PM on 09/30/2013

Divine Inspiration

Nathan Fillion for Jesus.
Nathan Fillion for Jesus.
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4:09PM on 09/30/2013
That would be one hell of a hard diet, for poor Nathan...
That would be one hell of a hard diet, for poor Nathan...
8:33PM on 09/30/2013
Yeah Jim Caviezel pretty much nailed (no pun intended) the part of Jesus in The Passion!
Yeah Jim Caviezel pretty much nailed (no pun intended) the part of Jesus in The Passion!
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